Suzette A Hill has written a series of books about an English country cleric, Reverend Francis Oughterard and his dog, Bouncer, and cat, Maurice. Bones in the Belfry is the second book in the series.
In the first book, A load of old bones, the vicar apparently murders one of the parishioners but is not convicted of the crime. However in this second book he is worried that his part in the crime will eventually be discovered. In the meantime, a former friend to whom he owes a favour leaves two paintings for him to look after. Of course he discovers that the paintings are stolen creating additional stress for the vicar, the cat and the dog as they all contribute their version of the story.